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The Secretary of the Navy approved the promotion of Captain Earle A. Deily, Retired,earle deily to Rear Admiral December 30, 1953, upon the recommendation of the Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals and the Secretary of Commerce, in accordance with the Act of June 6, 1942, (33 USC 864e) as amended. Admiral Deily is the first officer of the Bureau to receive an honorary promotion under this statute.

Admiral Deily graduated June 12, 1923, from Pennsylvania State College with the degree of Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and entered on duty in the Coast and Geodetic Survey July 16, 1923, as junior engineer, and on June 22, 1923, was appointed to the position of deck officer. His first assignment was on first-order leveling in California, Oregon, and Washington. Sea duty included the Ships EXPLORER, DISCOVERER, GUIDE, SURVEYOR, FARGIS, Commanding Officer, Ship HILGARD, and Executive Officer, Ship HYDROGRAPHER. He had a 4-year tour of duty in the Philippine Islands aboard the Ship FATHOMER. Included in his office assignments was duty in the Washington Office in charge of the Coast Pilot Section, Coastal Surveys Division; Officer in Charge of the New York Computing Office, and Supervisor, Southeastern District in Norfolk, his last assignment. He retired from active duty July 31, 1953, upon his own application after more than 30 years service.

During World War II Admiral Deily served in the U.S. Army from September 3, 1942 to March 13, 1946, as Lieutenant Colonel of Field Artillery. He participated in the following battles and campaigns: Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Cluster for Meritorious Achievement in Ground Operations Against the Enemy, European Theater of Operations from April 1 to May 3, 1944, and from June 8, 1944 to May 8, 1945; the European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Bronze Star; Arrowhead and Five Bronze Battle Stars; American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal; and French Croix de Guerre with Palm.

He is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers, U.S. Naval Institute, American Congress of Surveying and Mapping, American Geophysical Union, Masons, and National Sojourners. Since retirement, Admiral Deily is residing at East Berlin, Pennsylvania.

The Buzzard, 1/12/1954


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